Cedar Rapids 8th Annual EcoFest promises Good Green Fun for the whole family! This FREE Earth Day celebration, a collaboration of Prairiewoods, Sierra Club, Trees Forever, Linn County Conservation and others, will be held in the NewBo district of Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 22; Earth Day.

The event features environmental education and fun with themes in sustainability, alternative energy, arts and local food. Visitors can participate in kid-friendly interactive displays, an Eco-film fest hosted at CSPS, a live music lineup, information on pollinators, a live raptor show, a nature play area and much more.  EcoFest is again giving away a new bicycle from Goldfinch Cyclery.

This is a FREE public event. For a more detailed schedule of activities, films, musical performances and classes offered visit Most displays and activities will be located at the NewBo City Market- primarily outdoors if the day allows, or indoors if it is raining. Other indoor events will take place at CSPS, directly across from NewBo City Market.

See us downtown at NewBo City Market for free live music all day, free face painting, free compost, free hugs and free battery recycling.  See solar energy, composting, and re-claiming demonstrations,

Featured Events
10:00am – 3pm – Free Face Painting Booth

10:30amOur Feathered Friends Raptor Program
Outside NewBo Market

11:00am New Bohemia Architectural Tour by Czech Village – New Bohemia Main Street (Meet at EcoFest Information Booth near NewBo Market entrance)

NoonNew Bo Tree Walk with Trees Forever (meet at EcoFest Information Booth near
NewBo Market entrance)

All DayInteractive Composting Demonstration with Aaron Hanson
All DayPhoto Booth – Take your own EcoFun photos (near ICNC and Wickiup Hill booths)

New Work from the Grant Wood Art Colony Fellows
with Colin Lyons at CSPS

Live Music –at the  NewBo City Market Outdoor Stage
11amJonny Lipford – Native American Flute Artist

NoonAmelia and Melina – Indie/Folk Duo from Cedar Falls

1pmDeep Dish Divas – Eclectic mix of vintage novelties, folk, swing,

2pmCedar County Cobras – Acoustic, rockabilly, bluegrass

Eco Film Festival & Speakers – Location “C” Space at CSPS
10:30am“Cowspiracy” – a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
speaker? (1hr, 31 minutes)

12:30pm –  “The Monarch: A Butterfly Beyond Borders”
The latest findings on the life cycle and migration of the familiar, yet mysterious, butterfly.  (47 minutes)
2:00pmMaster Gardner Speaker Colin Lyons, Grant Wood Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor, Univ of IA –  Talk on geoengineering and new art installment at Mount Trashmore

Vendor Demonstrations
Tower Gardens and Juice Plus – Demonstration on how families and children can plant seeds in rock wool and grow food indoors.

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
DIY Meditation Stones


Eco-Fair Vendors: Arbonne • CR Schools Green Team • Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity/ReStore • Friends of Cedar Lake Friends of Iowa City Cohousing • Green Iowa AmeriCorps • Illuminations Healing Arts Center • Indian Creek Nature Center
Iowa Henna • Iowa Master Naturalists • Linn County Conservation • National Center for Science Education
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center • Sierra Club • Eco Mow LLC • Tower Garden and Juice Plus • Trees Forever
Tupper-Ware • METRO High School STEAM Academy Rain Barrel Project • Henna Body Art

Source and Photo by City Revealed Magazine

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